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Blog: 52,000+ fake subscribers?! Bring it

Blog: 52,000+ fake subscribers?! Bring it

For three weeks, I’ve had a problem. On your side of the screen, it didn’t look too bad, but when I checked my email the morning of Aug 23, something was wrong - I had 760 messages (Clue #1) - and each one of them was a new subscription signup. When I hit Refresh,...

Blog: Five months old(!)

Blog: Five months old(!)

I’m a quote collector and also a messy worker so although I jotted this down months ago, it caught my eye again this morning. Now that I’m five(!) months in, I’m more confident in saying this is true: Journalism - as in do the research / hit the pavement / make the...

Blog: I’m still doing business profiles for free. Why?

Blog: I’m still doing business profiles for free. Why?

Because I’m a small business owner too! And when you’re a local, word of mouth is everything. Telling stories is one of my favourite things to do, and when I launched The Phoenix back in March, my plan with my business profiles was to let Peachlanders know about the...

Blog: Subscribers are the reason I’m in business

Blog: Subscribers are the reason I’m in business

Three great things about being based on subscriptions and not ads: 🍑 I answer to YOU. Not advertisers. Not the municipality. Being subscription-based means I have the freedom to write what matters to Peachlanders. I live here too, so I actually care what’s going on....

Blog: Ever wreck a laptop with water? I have!

Blog: Ever wreck a laptop with water? I have!

I had just hung up the phone. It was a good interview, and a key one for that sidewalk story I just published. I was working outside on our patio table last Monday, a gorgeous afternoon. The fam had just gotten home from the beach, and as I was gesticulating about my...

Blog: My thoughts on that moose

Blog: My thoughts on that moose

Grey and cloudy - with a rainbow and blue skies at the end. It’s an analogy for my week! Visibility-wise, it’s been my slowest since The Phoenix launched. I’ve been busy behind the scenes of course, but if you look at my website and Facebook, it’s been pretty quiet...

Blog: My version of local news

Blog: My version of local news

My first job as a reporter was in the summer of 1999. I developed my black and white photos in a tiny darkroom (devastating when you screw up and lose a roll), and on production days, I’d measure out my stories, paste them on a big board for each page (forget what...

Guest Blog: Before you judge an Alberta plate..

Guest Blog: Before you judge an Alberta plate..

The crappy thing about making mistakes is – you don’t typically recognize it until you are in the thick of it. I found myself in the midst of a do-it-yourself dilemma a few weeks ago during a drive from my Calgary home to Vancouver. It wasn’t an easy decision to pack...

Blog: Why I ask for $4 a month

Blog: Why I ask for $4 a month

Back in October, I was really stuck. The Peachland Phoenix had a name, and very clear reason to be - even a logo. But there was something I was approaching with dread. I’m not a salesperson, and the traditional media model of advertising-generated revenue made me...

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